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Can there be antibiotic treatments for prostrate cancer?

Can there be antibiotic treatments for prostrate cancer?

No: Prostate cancer is not an infection, but prostatitis is so if this is about a relative, be clear in what he has. Obviously, someone with prostate cancer can get an infection and would be treated with antibiotics but this would not be treatment for the cancer itself. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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4 year old with "shotty lymph node" for almost a year. Antibiotic didn't solve the problem. Reevaluation in a week. Worried it will be cancer advice?

4 year old with "shotty lymph node" for almost a year. Antibiotic didn't solve the problem. Reevaluation in a week. Worried it will be cancer advice?

Follow up with doc.: If the child has been seen by a doctor, and if you are told that there is nothing to worry about, do not worry. Glands are very often felt especially on the side of neck. This is because at 4 years of age there is not enough fat under the skin on the side of the neck to cover them up. The glands are made of the cells of immune system. Do not worry if you are told that they are not due to cancer. ...Read more

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Someone told me they read frequent antibiotic use raises cancer risk. Any truth to that? If so, what constitutes "frequent" use?

Someone told me they read frequent antibiotic use raises cancer risk. Any truth to that? If so, what constitutes "frequent" use?

No basis: There is no basis for the statement you mentioned. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had 3 urinary tract infections in 3 years cured by an antibiotic, could it be cancer?

What to do if I have had 3 urinary tract infections in 3 years cured by an antibiotic, could it be cancer?

Cystitis: It is very unlikely that 3 bouts of cystitis in 3 years puts you at risk for cancer of any type. It is important that any diagnosis of "urinary tract infection" is confirmed by urine culture though. ...Read more

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I am a 64 year old male that has had 3 urinary tract infections in the last 3 years. If this is cancer, would an antibiotic cure it?

See below: Cancer dosen't cause uti's. Cancer of the prostate can cause urinary obstruction with large post-void urine residuals that can predispose to uti's. Bladder cancer can sometimes be associated with cystitis. Antibiotics will usually cure these infections with or without cancer. Prostate cancer would usually be associated with a high psa level in the blood. Bladder cancer with blood in the urine. ...Read more

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Dec 2013 journal of ama found taking CCB at same time with antibiotic can cause breast cancer &kidney problems. How safe is CCB amlodipine &widely use?

Dec 2013 journal of ama found taking CCB at same time with antibiotic can cause breast cancer &kidney problems. How safe is CCB amlodipine &widely use?

CCB: Preliminary data shows that CCB (independent of antibiotics) in older women after 10 years is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This is still under investigation as is the data of antibiotics. No firm conclusions can be made yet. An association is not the same as a cause. ...Read more

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Right breast had clear discharge, no blood, after antibiotic, mammography-ultrasound clear, dr says just dilated ducts, do cytological test. Cancer?Explain

Right breast had clear discharge, no blood, after antibiotic, mammography-ultrasound clear, dr says just dilated ducts, do cytological test. Cancer?Explain

Usually benign: Fibrocystic breast disease and duct ectasia are common reasons for nipple discharge. If you have enough discharge to test it for occult blood, that would be useful. But if the mammogram is normal, and there's no mass, then the odds are that it is a benign process! ...Read more

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My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

My mom (age 60) stg 4 colon cancer survivor. Struggling a week with foggy head, disorientation, confusion, unsteadiness walking...Antibiotic for sinus?

Consult her oncologi: Her oncologist needs to know about this new development. Cancer can spread to brain and cause symptoms like the ones you have described. It can also be due to metabolic derangements which can occur due to her cancer. So an urgent visit and further evaluation is advised. ...Read more

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My mom has a bacterial ulcer in her stomach, her doctor put her on antibiotic. The thing is the antibiotic can cause cancer the label said. What now?

My mom has a bacterial ulcer in her stomach, her doctor put her on antibiotic. The thing is the antibiotic can cause cancer the label said. What now?

Treat as directed: The risks of not properly treating a stomach ulcer are hundreds of times higher than the chance of cancer from an antibiotic. That's an extremely rare side effect, and probably not due directly to the antibiotic anyway. Drug companies must list any resported side effect, even if scientific evidence is against it. Your mom should follow the advice of her doctor and take the treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Plicamycin (Definition)

Plicamycin is a cancer-related antibiotic which is a ...Read more